The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Income survey: It's important to Fayette residents 2012.04.11

Written by David Green.

Most people are reluctant to discuss the details of their income. That’s a topic that clearly falls under the none-of-your-business category, and that’s certainly a factor in the difficulty the Village of Fayette has with income surveys.

The last time village officials were seeking income data, in 2006, a door-to-door effort was finally undertaken in order to obtain sufficient information. The project was extra time-consuming, but definitely worth it.

At that time, the Village needed to prove a certain range of income in order to prevent a huge increase in sewer rates in relation to a sewer project.

The issue now, once again, is sewers. The Village is still working toward the separation of septic and storm sewer lines that will bring a halt to overflows of raw sewage. And once again, income is important.

If data shows residents fall into the low-to-moderate income range—as was the case in 2006—the village is in line for a $600,000 grant. That’s $600,000 residents won’t be borrowing and paying back. There’s additional money available from county sources that’s also tied to income level.

Only a sample of village residents will receive the survey in the mail next week. Take the few minutes needed to complete the form and mail it to the agency in Toledo that will tabulate the results. It’s an act that’s likely to benefit everyone in the community.

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